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Roz Bizilla– Rice with peas

Rice is a huge part of the Middle Eastern diet. This particular dish is very tasty with cinnamon and allspice. It is usually eaten with plain yogurt or a yogurt salad which I have listed under salads. I am using basmati rice here but the traditional choice would be short grain rice. I am using basmati because I have a huge bag and it is easy to work with. Make sure you measure and have the right amount of water when cooking the rice. If you use a different rice use the amounts listed on the package directions! Also season it according to your taste, the salt is an estimate!


1/2 pound ground beef

1 cup frozen peas

2 cups basmati rice

6 cups water

olive oil

1 tsp. cinnamon

1 tsp. allspice

1/2 tsp. cumin

1 to 2 tsp. salt or to taste


In a large pan, fry beef until well done. Add spices and water. Bring water to a boil and add peas.


Cover and simmer for about 15 minutes. Add a spoon of Olive oil. Measure rice and rinse according to package directions if needed. This is the only potentially tricky part to this rice–At this point we need to have 4 1/2 cups of broth to cook the rice. We also need to have the beef and peas with that but not counted in with the broth measurement!  After cooking this mixture as listed above, the broth might have decreased, this is why I added more water initially. So make sure we have around  4 1/2  cups of the broth and the beef and peas as well before adding the rice. Bring measured broth to a boil and add the rice. Boil for 5 minutes, cover and turn heat to medium, cook for 10 minutes, turn to low and cook 10 more minutes. When rice is done stir gently so it does not stick to pan.



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  1. Vibrant #

    Yummy!! We call this dish “pulav” in our part of world and yes Basmati is used mostly here for it. Thanks for sharing it 🙂

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    September 4, 2015
  2. Delicious is the only word:)

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    September 4, 2015
  3. Looks delicious

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    September 4, 2015
  4. This dish do also looks very delicious Lynz 😀

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    September 4, 2015
  5. Deanne #

    Lovely Lynz…this look so yummy… Appetizing 😍

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    September 4, 2015
  6. Yummy Lynz. This recipe is exactly we have In India as Pulav. Just instead of beef we use lamb or chicken. It’s damp tasty.

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    September 4, 2015
  7. And also Basmati is my fav rice and love it’s flavour

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    September 4, 2015
  8. This is a part of Indian cuisine too.

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    September 4, 2015
    • I have heard that now several times! That is so interesting! I learned it as Syrian or Palestinian but wow things are so similar! Do you use the same spices as well?

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      September 4, 2015
  9. I love rice and your recipe sounds delicious and different with the beef and peas. The seasonings must give this dish a real flavor boost!.

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    September 4, 2015
  10. This rice sounds so tasty and delicious. 🙂

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    September 4, 2015
  11. I absolutely love middle eastern food and I’m really liking what I see here:) Great blog full of goodies!

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    September 4, 2015
  12. Looking good Lynz!


    September 4, 2015
  13. Vajeea #

    Lynz its my kind of food!!! its a winter favorite at my house coz peas are a winter specialty in Pakistan. We call it ‘mutter pulao’ translated to ‘peas pilaf’ so yummmm

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    September 4, 2015
    • I have heard that many times on this post! That is sooo cool! I know the yogurt salad is the same but this too! ? So cool, thanks for commenting on this!

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      September 4, 2015
  14. I think I am stressed. I couldn’t figure out how to make a comment! This looks great and I love the spice combination! I have always wanted to know how to make this! Thank you!

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    September 4, 2015
  15. Mmm, Lynz! There you go using those wonderful spices in savory dishes again! Another must try! Thank you!!

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    September 4, 2015
  16. Would you believe me if I say I have a similar recipe in my drafts?! 🙂 Mine is without the meat though 🙂 this looks great!

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    September 4, 2015
  17. delicious!!!


    September 4, 2015
  18. Well this solves what to make for dinner tonight! 😉 G-uno

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    September 5, 2015
  19. Oh yumm! I love rice especially for lunch! Those spices added a nice fragrance and taste to the rice for sure 😉

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    September 7, 2015

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